You there. Yes. You. You need a vacation! But we understand that sometimes it’s just not in the cards. That’s what a staycation is for. Never heard that term before? Well, combine staying around your home town and taking a vacation. It’s basically some time off to romp and roam all around the city in which you reside. Since March Break is fast approaching (March 16-20), we want to show you that hanging around Ottawa doesn’t have to mean adhering to the same old routine. Here’s some great stuff to do around our nation’s capital during March Break.
Pancakes and syrup and taffy, oh my! March Break hits right smack dab in the middle of sugar bush season. What’s a sugar bush? It’s a maple syrup farm where you’ll be able to taste some delicious treats like maple taffy—syrup poured over snow—and learn about the processes behind making maple syrup. Sugar bushes also often offer pancake breakfasts and petting zoos or viewable hobby farms. Check out Ottawa Information Guide for a list of sugar bushes in the area.
Take a trip downtown and rediscover the ByWard Market. Especially on weekends you’ll see hundreds of food, jewellery and clothing stands as well as Ottawa’s local farmers market. Grab a coffee or tea and breakfast in the morning at Café 55, a quaint café in the heart of the Market, and peruse the stalls to find trinkets and tasty treats. Next you can head over to 30 Sussex Dr. and visit the National Gallery of Canada for a stroll through plenty of different exhibits. On Thursday, March 19 the NGC will be showing the film Fakes, Forgeries and the Art of Deception, a documentary on Mark Landis, one of the most prolific art forgers in history. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $12 each for film only or $32 for tapas and the movie.
From March 10 until March 29, the Great Canadian Theatre Company (1233 Wellington Street W.) will be home to a play called The Best Brothers, a comedy about two brothers who lost their mother and take custody of their hairy brother. The show is “a bittersweet and comic reflection of love and family” according to the GCTC. You can also grab a quick bite to eat at Teatro, the restaurant on site at GCTC serving a collection of Mediterranean and Spanish style tapas.
There are plenty of things to do around Ottawa this March Break. Get out and about and see the best of this beautiful city. Enjoy!
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